The Hurricanes by Jere Longman
One High School Team's Homecoming After Katrina

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In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina pummeled the lower end of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a peninsula housing one of the nation’s most isolated, vulnerable, and vital counties. A year later several ravaged communities came together to form South Plaquemines High. Kids who were former rivals defiantly nicknamed their football team the Hurricanes and made the 2006 state playoffs.

In 2007, South Plaquemines set its sights on a state championship. The Hurricanes used a trailer as a makeshift locker room and lifted weights in a destroyed gym that had no electricity. For the players, many of them still living in FEMA trailers, football offered a refuge.

Bestselling author Jeré Longman spent two seasons following the team. In The Hurricanes, the team’s journey provides a lens through which to view the legacy of Katrina, the cycle of poverty in rural America, and the attempt to maintain traditions in the face of uncertainty. Football is a familiar remnant of the way things used to be—and a sign of hope in a place of disaster.

 

About Jere Longman

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JerE Longman is a sports reporter for the "New York Time JerE Longman is a sports reporter for the "New York Times" whose books include the national bestseller "Among the Hes" whose books include the national bestseller "Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Foughroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back" and "The Hurricanes: One High School Team's Homecomit Back" and "The Hurricanes: One High School Team's Homecoming After Katrina", chosen by "Slate" magazine as one of the ng After Katrina", chosen by "Slate" magazine as one of the Best Books of 2008. Best Books of 2008.
 
Published August 26, 2008 by PublicAffairs. 359 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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How a community battered by Katrina fielded a championship football team.

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The New York Times

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But the word can also invoke rescue or repair, and in this sense it’s apt for Jeré Longman’s book “The Hurricanes,” about a high school football team — and a community on the “reedy finger” of land south of New Orleans — groaning to be reborn in the aftermath of Katrina.

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A year after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the lower end of New Orleans' Plaquemines Parish, a peninsula housing one of the nation's most isolated and vulnerable counties, students from several demolished area schools set aside their rivalries at newly created South Plaquemines High.

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